Pettis Was Offered Conor, Wanted Diaz More
Before Anthony Pettis was set to face Nate Diaz, an offer to fight Diaz’ greatest rival appeared across the desk of the former lightweight champion.
Pettis, who co-main events UFC 241 on August 17th against Diaz, was given the chance to welcome McGregor back to the Octagon later this year at Madison Square Garden.
“There were some big names thrown my way. Conor McGregor was thrown my way from Dana in August but then that didn’t happen,” Pettis told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “So I just pulled back, hung out and was training and then Nate Diaz popped up. It’s perfect.”
In-regards to Diaz, who has a long standing beef with Pettis, the Milwaukee native is excited for the opportunity to shut up one of Stockton’s finest.
“It’s a perfect fight for me. You know me and Nate. We have had beef and drama for a long time, so this is something that was supposed to happen a long time ago and it’s finally happening,” Pettis said on a recent edition of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
“I don’t even remember where it started, what event. I was the champion, but we have always had drama. And every time we saw each other it’s like something was going to happen,” he said. “It was just one of those things that he may have been jealous that I was the champ, he wanted a shot at me.”
“Then he got his McGregor fight and went MIA. That chapter never closed in my life, so for me it was something that had to happen.”
“Diaz, 100 percent. I just don’t like the guy,” Pettis responded to a picking between Diaz and McGregor.
“That’s just how it is, I am not that dude, but this is just one guy I do not like,” he said, while revealing he will start his training camp as early as next week out of pure eagerness and desire to get prepared to inflict damage on Nate.”
Quotes Via MMA Mania